The Mets have signed third baseman, Todd Frazier to a two-year deal worth 17 million dollars.
Wow. The Mets nab Toms River New Jersey’s very own, Todd Frazier, and now multiple sources are saying the Mets aren’t done adding talent this off-season. Lance Lynn, and Alex Cobb are the names being tossed around, as fans are clamoring for a starting pitcher. (I want Cobb.) This is big news though. Let’s get into it.
Todd Frazier is an elite level defender at third base. By all accounts, he is a great clubhouse guy. Frazier is a legitimate middle of the order power threat. His .213 batting average in 2017 is a little alarming, but his On Base Percentage and walks are headed in the right direction.
My main issue with this deal, and I’ve said it all off-season, is the ramifications this has on Asdrubal Cabrera. With Frazier manning the hot corner, Cabrera is now our starting second baseman. Frankly, that’s not good. I would have loved to fill our second AND third base holes with legitimate second AND third basemen, but hey; here we are. If only they could have waited before giving Cabrera the 8.5 million dollar option. The Mets signed Asdrubal Cabrera and Todd Frazier for essentially the same amount.
I gotta give the Mets credit. It’s been a slow off-season and they were patient. They signed Todd Frazier to a very reasonable deal. This two-year signing effectively takes the Mets out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes, but I think we all know Machado was a pipe dream.
We are hearing that Frazier is willing to move to first if they need him to. I still have a gut feeling that they are going to want Jay Bruce to move to first when Conforto returns, but it’s cool to hear that Frazier is flexible.
All in all, I like the move.
Can we please leave this guy in 2017 though?